The World Bioenergy Association (WBA) publishes this month the Global bioenergy statistics 2019 report. It reflects the figures of energy production and consumption from all types of biofuels during 2017, where bioenergy accounted for seventy percent of renewable energy consumption. They claim that this share fell slightly (between 0.5 and one percent) “due to the decrease in the use of traditional biomass sources.”
That traditional biomass is firewood and agricultural and livestock residues that are collected and burned with very limited guarantees of sustainability and health. However, among the main conclusions of the WBA report it appears that such waste, properly processed, can become “the next great bioenergy revolution,” as Lapinskas said at COP25.
The report shows that currently agricultural waste contributes less than three percent to total bioenergy production. “However – they maintain from the WBA – due to the growing demand to replace fossil fuels to generate heat and electricity with sustainable, renewable and available energy sources, waste such as straw and shells can form an important part of the generation of bioenergy ”.